The sanguine form of the "Chinese Coolie Hat Plant" with showy terminal sprays of curious and attractive blossoms, each with a red scarlet tubular corolla framed by a bronzy salmon orange bell shaped calyx collar which becomes a most arresting bronze red in direct sun. Needs bright light to flower--for us usually at the height of its little "satelite dish array" production in our sunniest greenhouse during January. Not particularly successful as a house plant unless you do well with Lantanas and Pelargoniums in your windowsill. Native to the subtropical Himalayans where it happily scrambles through shrubs.
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×